So much thinking.

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The husband has a standing Sunday afternoon pool game with the little old man up the road. He’s a widower my other half met years ago at breakfast, and as soon as we remodeled the barn into a man cave… the weekly game commenced.

Last week a few other friends showed up and team play got underway. There was a lot of laughing.

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And a great deal of thinking.

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It seems like every time I went out to refresh the snacks, there was one shot taken…

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And then more thinking.

So much thinking…

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More often than not, the mild mannered 85 year old widower cleaned the table while the rest of the men continued thinking.

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He may be small, but every little bone in is body is competitive.

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No matter. Beer, chili and cornbread are great equalizers.

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26 thoughts on “So much thinking.”

  1. I was born with the killer instinct competitively. It is not that I hate losing, just that I have to win. But pool was never my game. My poor eyesight didn’t help, and I hated glasses. Now I don’t compete at anything anymore, not even Scrabble. I have lost too many “friends” over game boards or decks of cards. I don’t know how to just play, I only kmow how to win.

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    1. I know how to win. I have a different idea of winning at pool. I’ll pass up an easy shot to try for a more challenging one. Not exactly courteous to my opponent, but I’ve won a few games too.
      There’s a difference in my mind between only knowing how to win and having to win at all costs, even if it means cheating. I’ve seen a few friendships disappear over the years because of that. I think if someone can’t be trusted to behave with a bit of integrity over some toy soldiers and dice, I’ve seen everything I need to.

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      1. I never cheat. I always play fair and swuare. But I also make sure I win. (I mean, I lose the occsional game, I cannot win all the time. But l8sing yoo games in a row. Almost i,possible!) But that wss the old me. Now I just avoid challenges that have to be won or lost. I orefer to walk away.

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      1. I had a saying for all my opponents, “You will never know how to win until you know how to liose.” Then I would teach them how to lose. Sometimes it even worked. Mostly they just stormed away. But they left their money behind. If some ps?ychologist had been watching, she might have said I talked them into making mistakes, but even in Doubles Cribbage, or Euchre, I had to win. And did.
        But best I shut up. I feel competitive juices starting to flow. I don’t like that me anymore.

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    2. There is one thing I do, or don’t, that is kind of like activating killer instinct. I never eat breakfast before I go fishing. Being hungry can really help you focus.

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      1. Right there you lose me. There is no need for you to murder fish. All the food you need is available in your nearest grocery store.

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  2. Age does not have anything to do with how competitive one is. I think we’re born with it, it ages like a fine wine with age. How sweet that they get together and play pool, drink beer and thanks to River have good food as well.

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  3. I love that he has this standing game day; it’s good for him and the widower too. Thinking isn’t my favorite thing, but when playing pool, you have to be calculating.

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